Cellulite - Medical condition or not?

If you have cellulite – those lumpy, bumpy, dimply areas of skin that often resemble cottage cheese or orange rinds – you’re not alone. Nearly 9 out of 10 women have some degree of cellulite on their thighs, buttocks, bellies and arms. 70 percent of cellulite is caused by lifestyle; 30 percent is genetic.

Cellulite - its name makes it sound like a medical condition, but it is nothing more than normal fat beneath the skin. It occurs when pockets of fat push up against connective tissue underneath the skin. Hormones, lack of exercise, and diet all contribute to the formation of cellulite. This bane of many women’s existence is seen much less frequently in men. That’s because female skin tissue is thinner and less porous; therefore, when fat cells push up, they’re more noticeable.

What Causes Cellulite?

Having cellulite doesn't mean you are overweight. Even thin people can have it. If you are overweight, however, losing weight may reduce cellulite. If other women in your family have cellulite, there's a good chance you will too. Other factors that influence how much cellulite you have and how visible it is include:

  • Poor diet
  • Fad dieting
  • Slow metabolism
  • Lack of physical activity
  • Hormone changes
  • Dehydration
  • Total body fat
  • Thickness and color of your skin

While each of these factors can play a role in cellulite formation, there is one common denominator to all of these factors - the accumulation of toxicity in your body.

Why do toxins have anything to do with whether you have cellulite?

Your body stores toxins in your fat to help minimize how much toxicity your vital organs are exposed to. This is why a skinny person with an unhealthy lifestyle can be in more danger of symptoms and sickness than a person who is slightly overweight and has an unhealthy lifestyle. They have the extra bit of fat for the body to store toxins in so that the precious vital organs and body functions are less compromised by exposure to those extra toxins. The dimples and pockets of your cellulite are also storing toxins. The key to reducing cellulite is to remove the accumulation of toxins from your body and prevent further build up of toxins.

Cellulite Treatments

While there is no known cure to completely banish cellulite, there are ways to help minimize its appearance. Here is what you should know about some of the options:

Cellulite creams. These creams are said to dissolve fat and smooth the skin. There is, however, no scientific evidence that these creams are effective against cellulite, and for some people, they can be harmful. Their apparent effect on cellulite may be due to narrowing blood vessels and forcing water from the skin, which could be dangerous for people with circulatory problems. Cellulite creams can also cause an allergic reaction in some people.

Mesotherapy. It was originally developed in Europe to relieve pain of inflammatory skin conditions. It involves injecting substances such as vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and enzymes into the tissue just beneath the skin. Mesotherapy may break down fat and bring a slight improvement in the appearance of cellulite. But it also carries risks, which include swelling, infection, and irregular contours.

Massage and spa treatments. Massage and other spa treatments may have a temporary effect on the dimpling appearance of skin. But they do not remove cellulite. Any effect is short-lived and probably due to the removal of excess fluid.

Skin brushing. Stimulating the lymphatic system through dry bristle skin brushing can specifically target areas of cellulite. Using a skin brush in small circular movements over your thighs, buttocks and other areas with cellulite for a few minutes a few times per week will help to break down the fatty deposits that cause the dimpled appearance. It is best to start with just a minute of skin brushing and then work your way up to a few minutes at a time. This will help your skin adjust and prevent sensitivity.

Laser treatment. The FDA has cleared the use of a device that uses laser energy to treat cellulite. According to the manufacturer, the device can melt fat under the skin, break up the fibrous bands under the skin, and stimulate collagen production. This seems to be the most effective way of minimizing the appearance of cellulite.

What Lies Ahead in the Treatment of Cellulite?

Although reviews of current therapies are mixed, doctors are always looking at new treatments for cellulite. One procedure involves using red and infrared light emitting diodes (LEDs) to emit certain wavelengths known to disrupt fat tissue, causing it to shrink. This procedure is combined with rollers and suctions to soften the fibrous bands of connective tissue that cause the dimpled appearance.

Although such procedures may hold promise for the future, for now, the best option is a healthy diet, exercise, and, if needed, weight loss. Experts agree that the most effective exercise routine for cellulite is one that incorporates aerobic exercise and strength training.

Here are some tips to remove the accumulation of toxins from your body and prevent further build up of toxins.

  • Eat a clean, alkaline, unprocessed food.
    In order to remove the toxins from your body, you must first draw them out from where they have accumulated in your cells, tissues and organs. The way to do this is to consume alkaline forming foods. Fresh fruits and vegetables should make up the largest part of your diet.

    This is how it works: the alkalinity of fresh foods magnetizes to the acidic toxic matter in your cells, drawing it out so it can be removed from your body. The key is to gradually increase your fresh produce consumption (mostly vegetables) so that you don’t magnetize out more toxicity than the body can remove. Otherwise the toxins will just re-circulate and then re-settle. Baby steps and transition is vital.

    If you want to flood your body with alkalinity and minimize cellulite (and ageing and other symptoms) get into fresh vegetable juicing.

  • Hydrate and flush
    You need to drink enough pure, clean water and organic hydration from fresh fruits and vegetables to keep toxins flushing through you. Water is essential to life and it is also essential to reducing and preventing further cellulite. Drink pure water every day as the first thing you consume. If you don’t like your water straight up, add some lemon juice or lemon slices. Limit coffee and tea (except herbal tea) and if you do choose to include them, drink extra water and fresh vegetable juice to help counter their dehydrating effects and acidity.

  • Swap your salt
    Refined salt is extremely acidic and leaches minerals from your body. It is also highly dehydrating and adds to the accumulation of toxicity in your body. Crystal and sea salt however are alkaline, packed full of beneficial minerals.

  • Exercise
    Aerobic exercises (walking, running, swimming, cycling or dancing) and strength training are the most effective exercise routine for cellulite. Try the following strength training exercises:

    Step up on a bench or fitness step, then step down with the same leg. Aim for 20 reps on each leg.

    Walking or stationary lunges effectively target all lower-body muscles. Take one large step forward. As you step forward, lower your hips and bend your knees until they both form 90 degree angles. Your front knee should not extend over your toes and your back knee should not touch the ground.

    Aim for 50 reps, keeping your weight in the heels and your back straight as you extend your hips down and back (like you're sitting in a chair). Try to lower until your thighs are at least parallel to the floor. Don't let your knees extend past your toes.


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